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Friday, March 22, 2013

Edgar Renteria officially retires from baseball

Not a kid anymore: Edgar’s winter.

Longtime major-league shortstop Edgar Renteria officially announced his retirement from baseball on Thursday, he told RCN Television in his native Colombia.

  “I’m definitely retired from baseball and it will soon be announced in the majors,” Renteria said, according to a rough translation of his comments at CBS Sports. “I decided to retire from baseball and try to spend all my time with my family.

  “I always wanted Colombia to know before the rest of the world. This is my official retirement,” he added. “I feel proud, I feel satisfied with what I did, my heart is telling me that’s enough and it’s time to retire. You have to know when to retire and that’s why I took a year and a half to rest and think about what I was going to do. This is the right time.”

Renteria hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, when he appeared in 96 games with the Cincinnati Reds. The 36-year-old won two World Series titles — and two World Series MVP awards.

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   1. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: March 22, 2013 at 08:17 AM (#4394077)
At last, he can devote all of his energy toward his true calling - feuding with Orlando Cabrera.
   2. Barnaby Jones Posted: March 22, 2013 at 08:39 AM (#4394085)
At age 30, he was at 1923 hits and coming off a season he hit .332/.390/.470. I would not have guessed he would only get about 400 more hits in his career.
   3. Anonymous Observer Posted: March 22, 2013 at 09:00 AM (#4394093)
The 36-year-old won two World Series titles — and two World Series MVP awards.


So he was awarded the 2010 World Series MVP twice?
   4. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: March 22, 2013 at 09:54 AM (#4394130)
At age 30, he was at 1923 hits and coming off a season he hit .332/.390/.470. I would not have guessed he would only get about 400 more hits in his career.

I would've thought Edgar was a HOF candidate after the 2007: slick-fielding SS with almost 2,000 hits by age 30. But his value was essentially zero after that...and even before, Renteria just wasn't that valuable: I was shocked to find that his career WAR is under 30.
   5. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM (#4394138)
I believe he and Goose Goslin are the only two players to end a World Series with a walk off hit and make the final out of a separate World series.
   6. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM (#4394140)
Saw him play a game in Class A. Charles Johnson was the catcher.

I now feel very old.
   7. TomH Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM (#4394142)
How many 'really old' players are there who have NOT officially retired? Oswalt? Jamie Moyer!
   8. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM (#4394153)
Mariano.

   9. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4394156)
So looking it up on BBRef I think Mariano is going to be the only MLB player this year who is older than me.

With apologies to Phil Coorey -- #### me sideways.
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4394165)
How many 'really old' players are there who have NOT officially retired? Oswalt? Jamie Moyer!


Rickey Henderson...
I would've thought Edgar was a HOF candidate after the 2007: slick-fielding SS with almost 2,000 hits by age 30. But his value was essentially zero after that...and even before, Renteria just wasn't that valuable: I was shocked to find that his career WAR is under 30.


I had him on the track to 3000 hits easily and thought he might challenge 3500 hits even. With a nice career fade he would have had a chance, but he just stopped producing anything worthwhile. I think if he gotten on a non-contending team, he might have gotten the plate appearances to make it interesting.
   11. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4394170)
Did Bonds ever officially retire?
   12. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4394179)
Saw him play a game in Class A. Charles Johnson was the catcher.

I now feel very old.


I recently said something like this to my father (regarding Chipper Jones), and he said, "Just wait until someone you saw in A-ball dies of old age."
   13. Dale Sams Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4394181)
I always thought the whole Red Sox thing was a CF. He should have been given more than one year by the fans and himself, and the Sox certainly shouldn't have paid so much for someone else to take him off their hands.

And wasn't the progression: Renteria-Marte-Crisp-Ramon Ramirez-Dan Turpen (?)
I now feel very old.


As far as I'm concerned, I'm immortal, until I'm not....or my hair turns grey. Science has shown that bitter, pessimistic people live longer. I'll be dancing on all your graves.

   14. LargeBill Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM (#4394191)
Science has shown that bitter, pessimistic people live longer. I'll be dancing on all your graves.


Studies have shown that previous studies had incorrect findings. Health impact studies of coffee or alcohol consumption have gone bad, good, bad, good in moderation, awful, okay, etc, etc, etc.
   15. Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM (#4394192)
I'll be dancing on all your graves.


No grave for me I suspect. As I said earlier today in another thread I don't care what happens to me after I die and my boys have promised many different terrible fates for my remains (none of which include traditional burial). I am just glad they plan on waiting until I am dead :)
   16. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM (#4394209)
they plan on waiting until I am dead :)


As far as you know!
   17. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4394219)
to spend all my time with my family.

This must be a mistranslation...
   18. altavista Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM (#4394242)
With apologies to Phil Coorey -- #### me sideways.

At your age, that is probably the safest position.
   19. zonk Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4394247)


Studies have shown that previous studies had incorrect findings. Health impact studies of coffee or alcohol consumption have gone bad, good, bad, good in moderation, awful, okay, etc, etc, etc.


FOUL!

You can't yada yada the current state -- I'm about to order lunch here!
   20. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM (#4394283)
Rickey Henderson...


Henderson will still think he can play in the majors until the day he dies.
   21. zonk Posted: March 22, 2013 at 02:06 PM (#4394394)
Henderson will still think he can play in the majors until the day he dies.


He's what, 55 now?

It's probably not true anymore - but I wonder when it actually stopped being true? Yes - he was pretty dreadful at 43 (208/321/306) - but that was only in about 80 PAs, and he had been at least somewhat useful the two previous seasons and only a few years removed from a pretty darn good season.

I bet he could have gone a couple more years of over league average OBP, with a modicum of steals... he couldn't start anymore, was limited to LF/DH/PR, but I bet he would have been a perfectly cromulent 5th OF for a couple more years... though, I suppose it means your 4th OF absolutely, positively has to be capable of handling CF.
   22. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: March 22, 2013 at 06:39 PM (#4394616)
Science has shown that bitter, pessimistic people live longer.

Immortality!
   23. zachtoma Posted: March 22, 2013 at 07:36 PM (#4394637)
I was shocked to find that his career WAR is under 30.


Yeah but BBRef has his oWAR at 31 and dWAR at 8, which would be 39 together. Yet they show his total WAR as about 29. How are they calculating this?
   24. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 22, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4394643)
Yeah but BBRef has his oWAR at 31 and dWAR at 8, which would be 39 together. Yet they show his total WAR as about 29. How are they calculating this?


There's a note that says:

oWAR + dWAR DOES NOT EQUAL WAR, pos would be counted 2x

but it's hidden under oRAR.
   25. Bote Man Posted: March 22, 2013 at 09:03 PM (#4394665)
Science has shown that bitter, pessimistic people live longer.

Fat, bitter, and pessimistic is no way to go through life, son.
   26. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 22, 2013 at 09:11 PM (#4394669)
Yeah but BBRef has his oWAR at 31 and dWAR at 8, which would be 39 together. Yet they show his total WAR as about 29. How are they calculating this?
THis should explain it
   27. Walt Davis Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM (#4394747)
and they should probably change the name of dWAR to dWAA since it doesn't include replacement value (which I think is just fine).
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: March 23, 2013 at 01:00 AM (#4394827)
and they should probably change the name of dWAR to dWAA since it doesn't include replacement value (which I think is just fine).


I hate to join a bandwagon, but I really do hate the changes that they did. It used to be so much easier to tell if a player's performance was relative to average at his position. Now it's about value instead of positional adjustments and it's just annoying. Yes I know I'm being petty, but I always liked looking at a guy like Jeff Kent or Mike Piazza and their defensive numbers and arguing relative to average at their positions...nowadays the numbers that I used to use are just not there.

Note:I have argued against replacement value etc... for different reasons. I'm fine with it in this particular case, not because it's good or bad, but basically dWar is already made relatively useless in a debate once they added the positional adjustments.
   29. Walt Davis Posted: March 23, 2013 at 05:30 PM (#4395046)
but I always liked looking at a guy like Jeff Kent or Mike Piazza and their defensive numbers and arguing relative to average at their positions

Assuming you're talking roughly equal playing time (in a season or across a number of seasons) at a position then WAA (or RAA) gives you this (i.e. the positional adjustment will be the same). If you're not comparing roughly equal playing time, you've got extra work either way.


basically dWar is already made relatively useless in a debate once they added the positional adjustments.

This makes no sense to me. Adding the positional adjustment makes it more useful. Rfield is only useful if you're comparing players at the same position (in about the same playing time). dWAR gives you the exact same comparison when looking at guys playing the same position and gives you the means to compare guys across positions (should you want to). Nothing has been lost and something has been gained.

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